Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail - #31 of 101 Things to do on the Oregon Coast

Sandlake Country Inn
Day Hikes Near Sandlake Country Inn
Cascade Head Nature Conservancy Trail - #31 of 101 Oregon Coast Activities
Located just 25 minutes south of Sandlake Country Inn, this spectacular coastal headland owned by the Nature Conservancy is a haven for rare plants, wildlife and grassland and the rare silverspot butterfly.
Conservancy ecologists also monitor the populations of rare plants throughout the year. In spring and summer, teams of volunteers remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry, help maintain trails, assist with research projects and teach visitors about the preserve.
The Oregon coast hiking is spectacular. Please always leave only your footprints behind in these very sensitive areas. Be prepared for all types of weather conditions and path conditions.
There are two trails on Cascade Head. To reach the lower trail (a more vigorous hike to the top of the headland):
  • Head south from Sandlake Country Inn on US 101 toward Lincoln City. 
  • Just north of the Salmon River, turn west on Three Rocks Road.
  • At 2 miles, take the left fork and park in Knight Park.
  • The trailhead begins there. It crosses through private and U.S. Forest Service property and over a narrow winding road, so please use caution and respect private property.

The upper trail (a more level 1-mile hike to the upper viewpoint) is closed by the U.S. Forest Service from January 1 to July 15. To reach it:
  • Drive 2.4 miles north of the Salmon River, almost to the summit of Cascade Head.
  • Turn left on Cascade Head Road (USFS Road 1861).
  • Continue approximately 3.5 miles, bearing left when the road forks. (There is a U.S. Forest Service trail to Harts Cove at the end of this road.)
  • The upper trailhead is marked by a small parking lot and sign. At the upper viewpoint, the trail drops steeply 500 feet to connect with the lower trail.

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     Diane Emineth,
    Sandlake Country Inn
    Oregon Coast Activity #31, From our blog series "101 Things To Do On The Oregon Coast".
    Day trips from Sandlake Country Inn

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